Sarah Phippen

Outline of Obesity

Being obese means you have excess body weight, excess body weight is a major risk factor of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some muscular skeletal conditions and some cancers caused great short term and long term effects. Excess body weight is determined by a body mass index of greater then 30.0kg/m2.

Why is obesity a national health priority area?

Obesity is a national health priority area because it's a problem are for over 63% of adults, 10% of children, 74.91% of people ages 64-74 , 36.4% of people ages 18-24 and in Australia there 15% more people overweight or obese than in outer regional remits areas causing Australian to be the second highest contribution to the burden if disease. The Australian government has chosen to focus attention on this health area which contributes significantly to the burden of illness injury in the Australian community.


63% which is 2 out of 3 adults are overweight or obese.

10% which is 1in 4 children are overweight or obese.

Obesity is the second highest contribution to the burden of disease.

74.91% of people aged 64-74 are overweight.

36.4% of people aged 18-24 are overweight.

Contributing causes and symptoms

Contributing causes:

- Your genes may affect the amount of body fat you store, and where that fat is distributed.

-Obesity tends to run in families. If one or both of your parents are obese, your risk of being obese is increased.

- If you're not very active, you don't burn as many calories.

- A diet that's high in calories, lacking in fruits and vegetables, full of fast food, and laden with high-calorie beverages and oversized portions contributes to weight gain.

- Some medications can lead to weight gain if you don't compensate through diet or activity.

- Research has linked social and economic factors to obesity. Avoiding obesity is difficult if you don't have safe areas to exercise. tives.

Symptoms of obesity:

- Breathing disorders

- Certain types of cancers

- Heart disease

- Depression

- Diabetes

- Gallbladder or liver disease

- High blood pressure

- High cholesterol

- Stroke

Treatment and prevention

There are multiple different ways to prevent yourself from being overweight or obese, such as increasing your amounts of physical activity to a reasonable level, having a well maintained diet and getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night. Ways to treat being overweight or obese is by signing yourself up to a stable diet/food plan meal with pre cooked foods with all the nutrients and perfect amounts you need to maintain a healthy stable body weight whilst exercising as much as you feel is necessary or even getting a personal trainer or even getting a gym membership close to your house. Whilst in general to treat obesity and prevent it you need to have a very stable diet including all the nutrients your body needs, very limited junk food, lots of water, exercising regulary and getting enough sleep.
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Local support agency's

Some local support agency's to go to/ visit or call if you are suffering from obesity or simply being overweight you can contact,

- Cancer council programs

- Health direct website or helplines

- Community collaborations of obesity

- Raising children network.

Health promotion strategies

Shaping Australia:

In an effort to reduce rates of obesity in Australia the Government is rolling out the shap up Australia initiative that will assist Australians to identify credible sources of information on healthy weight, diet and physical activity. The initiative will bring an integrated approach to the efforts of a range of partners across government and non-government sectors to obesity prevention and physical activity promotion.